Monday, October 13, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter



IOLCC Dolls for Charity
The September meeting was really exciting as all the dolls arrived to be shared with two charities. Six of the dolls will be given to ladies at Citrus Gardens, which is a group home for women suffering from Dementia and Alzheimers. We will be presenting the dolls Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 11:20am. If anyone wants to join us contact me, Patti – 858-484-5118, or pculea@gmail.com
The other 18 dolls are looking for a home. The two places I had contacted have not called me back. Help!
Save the Date!
December 28, 2014 2-4:30pm Barbara Chapmans home
Our annual Holiday Party will be hosted by Barbara Chapman, of course. She’s always so gracious and is a wonderful hostess. More details in the next newsletter. But, do be thinking of a small object to exchange.
Our October meeting will be at Sharon Goldschneiders
Sharon has ordered 7-inch dolls from Dharma Trading
Company. She will be teaching 3 stitches--but will also have a sheet of many more stitches. A kit for each person that will be available with the total cost for the doll & kit $3.00. The kit will have a Needle- thread-ribbons-doll-and a piece of felt with backing. The felt piece will be used to practice the stitches before you put it on the

doll. Sharon will have a light box to trace other designs if you want.
Please RSVP---SO I KNOW HOW MANY KITS TO MAKE.
619-465-7730 goldbill@aol.com




Who to Contact
Newsletter & general information: Debra Tomcik tmcklea@roadrunner.com
At the September meeting we voted on new “officers”. We are a casual group, so no president, but we have a new Treasurer, which we have to have. Cheryl Ripley has volunteered. We’ll be making that transfer as soon as Debbie returns from Iceland.
Treasurer’s Report:
Sheila, who has been our treasurer for years sent this in:
$1,587.04.
November meeting
We need someone to host our November meeting. Sharon did mention if everyone wants to continue with the stitching on the doll you are working on this month that could be continued?
Floral Follies with the 6 Doll Divas
February 18-22, 2015 at Piecemaker’s Country Store will be a very festive, and fun time.
Each of the 6 – Barbara Willis, elinor peace bailey, Betts Vidal, Sally Lampi, Gloria McKinnon and Patti Medaris Culea – will be providing participants with a doll body that you will then embellish. This is a rare opportunity to spend 3 days with the 6 friends who love sharing with anyone who will listen.
Contact Piecemaker’s to join us: 714-641-3112 or classes@piecemakers.com
Where is Piecemaker’s? 1720 E Adams in Costa Mesa. They have arranged special rates at various hotels in the area. Space is limited so sign up soon.


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IOLCC Blueprints
Inside are the 'happenings' for the Imitation of Life Construction Company, better known as IOLCC.
We meet on the 4th Tuesday of most months at various members homes. Our meetings start at 6:30pm and end around 8:30pm. We do a lot of “hands on” projects, which you will read about inside.
A blog and website will be coming soon.


IOLCC Blueprints
Debra Tomcik, Editor 3530 Sitio Baya Carlsbad, CA 92009

Note: The dolls did all find homes!

The above is a partial re-post of the monthly newsletter which is sent to members has has more information and better graphics. Please contact one of our members if you would like to join our group or just visit us for one meeting.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 2014 Blueprints



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September 2014 
                                                                                                           
We have no birthdays to report!
I don’t know about you but the summer has gone by really fast. It has been a busy time for this editor. Fall is already upon us. I am definitely looking forward to cooler weather.



Next meeting: Dolls due! I heard there are lots of them. There should be no excuse since we had to postpone the meeting till this mont

September 23- 6:30pm to 8:30pm ( or beyond )  Patti Culea's house


We'll be making fun tags to go with our dolls that will go to a nursing home and Rachel's House. [editors note: Patti has been collecting all sorts of wonderful things for us to play with in making these tags]  I have nearly all of Julie Nutting’s fun paper-doll rubber stamps.  We'll use those, along with fun papers to create tags to go with our dolls.

What to bring:  Paper scissors, glue, brown ink stamp pads, ribbons for the ties at the top of the tags, and some fun decorative papers to share.
What I'll have:  Paper tags to decorate, rubber stamps, paper flowers to embellish the tags, glitter
Other things to bring:  Your doll completely finished

See you then!

Carrie’s Dear Gabby
Hello ladies,
Well since there wasn't a meeting last month and I missed the meeting at Joanne's house..... Hmmm what to write about. As I'm sure Debby will mention this month our charity dolls are due. I hope everyone will come and bring their finished dolls. We definitely can't complain about not having enough time!!  I've made 3. Well actually 4. Lost one to the grand daughter.  I challenge all members to bring at least 1 doll.   Thanks again to Patti Culea for donating the patterns and giving our club the opportunity it give back.  

Last month I came across a little blurb in the local Poway paper. A senior's group here in Poway needed help stuffing dolls. The dolls were for children in hospitals here and also in Israel. I went and helped for a few hours. We stuffed 75 dolls. They are in need of fabric pieces to make a hospital gown for each doll. If you have large scraps ( fat quarter or a bit smaller) that you can donate please bring them to the meeting. I will deliver them to the group. 

A little personal news. My husband and I are now empty nesters. Our youngest son, Nathan left for NAU in Flagstaff Az. This has been a very hard transition for me. But he is doing great and loving the college and the town. He's definitely ready. I guess we've done our job.  Hopefully I will finish up some of these projects I started before Nathan was born! Right now I'm getting used to this "strange" kind of quiet. Hope to see everyone at Patti's.  
Hugs- Carrie

Lois wants to remind everyone that dues need to be paid at this next meeting! 


Upcoming events:: February 19-22, 2015. Floral Follies with elinor peace bailey, Patti Medaris Culea, Sally Lampi, Gloria McKinnon, Betts Vidal and Barbara Willis. Where: Piecemaker's Country Store, Costa Mesa, CA 714-641-3112. Three magical days with 6 friends who will guide you through the making of a floral themed doll. Actually dolls. All will be pre-sewn so that the time spent with each person will be on their embellishment expertise. This is similar to what they did in Australia, which was a roaring success. Hope to see you there.




Reminder:
With some of our dolls going to a facility for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients we can't use buttons.  They can be torn off and the patient can choke.  What I did was use the optional cheek circle to replace the buttons on Franny's eyes.

Those of you who have used buttons, those dolls will go to Rachel's House where battered women and children go for safety.  These people won't pull the buttons off and choke on them.  

+++++++ Other up coming meetings: 
Sharon so graciously changed the date of her upcoming meeting to October 28, 2014.
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Members web sites
Lois Boncer                                         Patti Culea                          Barb Keeling                    Debra Tomcik

[If you would like your web site listed please contact me so that I can include you on the list. ] 

The newsletter will evolve as we develop more content in the future.  You can help!  I can use notes, stories and other materials from you about your activities and happenings, your websites, any challenges you might want to organize, photographs of your work or studio, and other items that could be of interest to our doll making community!  Please contact me at:  tmcklea@roadrunner.com, or call me at 760-943-8692!
Note:
If anyone has dues to send in please send a check to: Sheila Godfrey
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The above is a re-post of the monthly newsletter, which has more information and pictures! If you would like to become a member of our wonderful dollmaker's club, please contact Lois Boncer.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August Newsletter


   


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August 2014 
                                                                                                           
Blueprints this month is going to be short and sweet. Summertime is a busy time for everyone! This month we have a busy time with birthdays:
Happy Birthday to Sharon Goldschrieder [6th] Arline Lowenthal [8th] Gloria Hazel [25] and Sheila Godfrey [27]

Thank you Joann Dosset for hosting a lovely July evening of stories and pictures from Africa.



Next meeting: The August Meeting has been cancelled. Please check your email for more details.

August 26 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm ( or beyond )  Patti Culea's house

We'll be making fun tags to go with our dolls that will go to a nursing home and Rachel's House.  I have nearly all of Julie Nuttings fun paper-doll rubber stamps.  We'll use those, along with fun papers to create tags to go with our dolls.

What to bring:  Paper scissors, glue, brown ink stamp pads, ribbons for the ties at the top of the tags, and some fun decorative papers to share.
What I'll have:  Paper tags to decorate, rubber stamps, paper flowers to embellish the tags, glitter
Other things to bring:  Your doll completely finished

See you then!



upcoming events:
from lois
Here are some challenges/swaps online:
Doll Street: 1) self-portrait doll,  either a character or realistic.  Due Aug. 31st;  
FOCD: fairy tale or children's book characters,  due Aug. 15th.  Run by Jeanne White,  jswhite304@gmail.com
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Magazines wanting photos of your dolls:
1) Soft Dolls and Animals: send 300 dpi photos to kherrold@scottpublications.com or mail to 2145 W. Sherman Blvd., Norton Shores, MI 49441-3434
 Storybook Characters: deadline September 9, 2014
2) Doll Collector: send 300 dpi photos to lsass@scottpublications.com  or mail to the address above.
Santas: deadline September 1, 2014  

Reminder:
With some of our dolls going to a facility for Alzheimers and Dementia patients we can't use buttons.  They can be torn off and
 the patient can choke.  What I did was use the optional cheek circle to replace the buttons on Franny's eyes.

Those of you who have used buttons, those dolls will go to Rachel's House where battered women and children go for safety.
These people won't pull the buttons off and choke on them.  

The deadline for the dolls to be finished will be at our August meeting, which will be at Patti Culea's house.
 She will have dates for presenting the dolls and those who want to attend let her know.
The dolls that go to Rachel's House will have to go annonymously.
But, the person who takes them will make sure they are given to those who truly need them.

+++++++ Other up coming meetings: 
August- charity dolls due hosted by Patti Culea also will make tags for the dolls.
September-Sharon Goldschneider- emborderey project
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Members web sites
Lois Boncer                                         Patti Culea                          Barb Keeling   
              
www.aardvarktozebra.com                  www.pmcdesigns.com        www.keelingskrafts.com 

Debra Tomcik

 www.debralea.com

The above is a partial re-post of the monthly email newsletter for members.